Tips Portland should follow if they want to make 2014 Playoffs

Muhammad could potentially become a Blazer (US Presswire)

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog gives five tips to the Portland Trail Blazers that, if followed, will lead them to the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Aside from building off of the success of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland needs to find a more defensive minded center, draft the best available player, and add some depth to their roster that they don’t currently have.

How the Portland Trail Blazers’ rookies fared last night

Meyers Leonard

NWSB Insider and Rip City hoops blogger Jason Hartzog reviews the Portland Trail Blazers April 3rd matchup versus the Memphis Grizzlies. He points out it was a rough night for Joel Freeland and Meyers Leonard. They both showed some of their offensive ability. However, it was their lack of defense that stood out in this one. Will Barton followed the rest of the team with horrible shooting.

The Portland Trail Blazers can make the Playoffs in 2012/13

Nic Batum, Portland Trailblazers

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox states why the Blazers will make the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Portland had one of its most disappointing seasons in recent memory in 2012. But with a new point guard, a new coach and a new outlook on things, the team can get back to the postseason much sooner than some may have anticipated. Damian Lillard was selected with the sixth overall pick by the Trail Blazers for a reason. To Lead!

The Trail Blazers will fail to make the Playoffs in 2012/13

Terry Stotts Trail Blazers coach

NWSB Writer Steve Lee gives you his five reasons on why the Portland Trail Blazers will not make the playoffs in the upcoming basketball season. With the ever increasing talent surrounding the teams in the west, Portland lacks the depth, and talent to make a run for the postseason. Plus, there is the injury curse that plagues Rip City. All in all, this Blazers team is just too young and unexperienced to beat out the likes of Dallas for the final playoff spot.

Where does PDX’s LaMarcus Aldridge rank among NBA power forwards?

Aldridge & Roy

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Bryant Knox weighs in on the NBA’s best power forwards today and asks the question is LaMarcus Aldridge among the best? When Brandon Roy was still in Portland, he was the man and Aldridge was his sidekick. Not any more. Aldridge’s career-high 21.8 points and 8.7 rebounds in 2011 came in a season where the Blazers ran the slowest pace in the NBA. Watch out 2012.

Trail Blazers in the news: Nic Batum offer sheet “aimer et détester”

Nic Batum, Portland Trailblazers

NWSB insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why he loves and hates the Blazers offer sheet to Nicolas Batum. Re-signing him now would be the perfect time in his career to do so. He’s already a fan favorite and will grab a starting spot with a deal like this. On the other hand, he will need to produce more and the Blazers are hoping to avoid a bidding war for Batum.

Northwest Coach Profiles: Erik Spoelstra

Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

NW Sports Beat Insider and Writer Blair Thomas highlights what has been the journey of Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra in another Northwest Coaching Profile. After three years playing in professionally in Germany, he found his way to the Miami Heat video room and became one of Pat Riley’s favorites due in large part to his work ethic and preparedness. Enjoy, and congrats Coach!

Trail Blazers vs. Jazz blog: love ’em & hate ’em

Blazers vs. Jazz; Love 'em & Hate 'em

NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from Thursday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz. J.J. Hickson and Jonny Flynn ended the season on a good note while Wesley Matthews and Luke Babbitt ended the season on a sour note. With the Blazers season over after this contest, it makes you start pondering offseason decisions.

Trail Blazers vs. Spurs blog: love ’em & hate ’em

Trail Blazers vs. Spurs

NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from Monday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are an excellent team, but losing by 35 points really shouldn’t happen. Portland didn’t show up to fight in this one, and that was disappointing to see. Raymond Felton and Wesley Matthews combined to shoot 14 for 40.

Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies blog: love ’em & hate ’em

Portland TrailBlazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recaps Sunday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies. After having an impressive game last time out, Jonny Flynn was bad in this one. It’s hard to describe how great of a pickup J.J. Hickson has been.

Utah Jazz vs. Trail Blazers blog: love ’em & hate ’em

Jazz vs. Trailblazers

NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from Wednesday night’s game between the Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers. The Jazz came to Portland and thumped the Blazers. Nolan Smith scored 16 points but when you are starting at point guard it simply isn’t good enough to only score. Jonny Flynn dished out seven assists compared to just two turnovers.

Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns blog: love ’em & hate ’em

Trailblazers vs. Suns

NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recaps Monday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns. The Blazers are officially out of the running for the 2012 playoffs. Coach Canales has been preaching defense, so he had to be extremely disappointed in last night’s effort. You could make a solid argument that J.J. Hickson has been Portland’s best player.

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